Men's Soccer falls to Radford 2-1 in Big South opener
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Radford rallied from a half-time deficit for the second-straight game and defeated Campbell 2-1 Wednesday in the Big South Conference men's soccer opener for both teams.
The Highlanders (5-3, 1-0) rode a 49th-minute own goal and Bernardo Ulmo's 65th minute free kick to its fourth victory in the last five outings. Campbell (3-5-1, 0-1-0) dropped its fifth-straight game despite taking a 29th minute lead.
Five minutes later Luis Grande's header sailed wide of the left post. In the 17th minute, Awosika again broke free, but shot into Amons, who held on for the save.
Campbell took the lead in the 29th minute on Jhuvon Francis' first collegiate goal. The freshman from Jamaica played the ball across the center of the field to Justin Franz, who hit a shot from outside the box that banged off the left post. Francis slotted home the rebound to end a 343 minute scoreless streak for the Camels, who were shut out in their previous three games.
In the 39th minute, Francis again was alone in box, but he shot into keeper Ryan Taylor. Just two minutes later, Mitchell Cardenas' free kick from 35 yards curled over wall, but stayed high of Taylor's crossbar.
Radford equalized in the 49th minute when Anthony Payne sent a low corner kick to the near post and it deflected off Campbell's Mitchell Cardenas inside the right post.
Iwosika dribbled into the area in the 57th minute and served a low cross, but Brian Gwanzura's volley stayed wide of Amons' left post.
Ulmo curled a low free kick from just outside the box around the Camel wall and inside Amons' left post to give the Highlanders the lead in the 65th minute.
James Jordan nearly doubled the advantage in the 71st minute on a failed clearance, but his point-blank effort went over the cross bar.
In the 82nd minute Jhuvon Francis broke down the left flank, but Ryan Taylor stretched high to tip away the effort.
Wednesday's contest marked Campbell's first Big South regular season contest since a 3-1 victory at UNC Greensboro on Oct. 27, 1993. Campbell was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference from 1994-2011.
CU has not suffered a 5-game losing streak since 2002.
Gardner-Webb visits Campbell on Saturday (7:00) in the first meeting between the former Atlantic Sun Conference rivals since the Bulldogs joined the Big South in 2008.